Students in Grades EC3 through Middle School (ages 3 to 14) may enroll in Waynflete’s Afterschool program. The Afterschool program offers daily activities and care for three age levels:
- Sandpipers for EC3 through K-1
- Owls for Grades 2-5
- The Hive for Middle School
Afterschool begins following school dismissal, including early dismissal on Wednesdays. Afterschool teachers, with a high level of teaching experience and/or higher education and training, provide age-appropriate activities, healthy snacks, and a balance of structured art and enrichment projects with unstructured outdoor time and free-choice activities.
The Afterschool program welcomes children from a broad range of backgrounds, accommodates and embraces the diverse physical, intellectual, and emotional needs of the students. Staff members embrace diversity of thinking and the courage required for individual expression.
3:15-5:00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday
12:15-5:00 p.m. Wednesday
5:00-6:00 p.m. Monday-Friday (all programs, Lower School Library)
Hive begins Tuesday, September 4
Owls begin Thursday, September 6
Sandpipers begin Monday, September 10
Afterschool Locations - All Afterschool programs are based in the Lower School
Sandpipers (EC-Grade 1) - K-1 Classroom
Owls (Grades 2-5) - Lower School Innovation Lab
The Hive (Middle School) - Lower School Library
Full payment is due before the start of each season (fall, winter, and/or spring). You may pay online with a credit card through your family’s enrichment account.
To pay by the quarter, full payment is due before the start of each quarter. This is NOT an automatic payment plan- parents must manually register and pay for each quarter before it begins. Quarters are as follows:
Sandpipers quarter 1: September 10 to October 26
Sandpipers quarter 2: October 29 to December 21
Sandpipers quarter 3: January 3 to March 8
Sandpipers quarter 4: March 11 to June 5
Owls quarter 1: September 6 to October 26
Owls quarter 2: October 29 to December 21
Owls quarter 3: January 3 to March 8
Owls quarter 4: March 11 to June 5
Hive quarter 1: September 4 to October 26
Hive quarter 2: October 29 to December 21
Hive quarter 3: January 3 to March 8
Hive quarter 4: March 11 to June 5
Full-time Afterschool offers care for students every weekday following school dismissal, including noon dismissal on Wednesdays. Full-time packages may be purchased to include school year Full Fun Days for Sandpipers and Owls.
For students in Full-Time Afterschool Plus Full Fun Days, the following Full Fun Days are included: October 5, October 26, January 11(Sandpipers only), March 22 and March 25.
Full Fun Days
Full Fun Days provide full-day care, 8:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. (may be extended to 6:00 p.m.), for students in EC through Grade 5 on days when school is closed due to school events such as parent conferences and faculty professional development. We offer four Full Fun Days (five for Sandpipers) throughout the school year. Additional full-day programs are offered when school starts in September and ends in June. Full Fun Days may be purchased as part of a Full-time Afterschool package or separately, as needed.
Afterschool One-Day and Drop-In Options
Students may enroll in Afterschool one afternoon per week or drop in for one afternoon. A One-Day Drop-In must be purchased and paid for online prior to the day of attendance. For the best value, families may purchase a 10-Day Drop-In Pass (ten drop-ins for the price of nine, cannot be shared between siblings). Since it is possible to sign up for one day of Afterschool per week, many students choose to attend Afterschool on Wednesdays, from noon to 3:30 or 6:00 p.m.
When on campus, students must be supervised by an adult. Afterschool provides supervision for students who are waiting to attend enrichment workshops and/or music lessons, or waiting for a sibling to attend a workshop.
See the rates page for available Afterschool discounts.
The Afterschool Team is made up of the Enrichment Director and five experienced teachers, often with graduate degrees in the field of Education. Teachers are skilled in classroom management techniques, lesson planning, and Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) concepts. They communicate and work closely with coordinating Lower and Middle School faculty. Meet the new 2018-2019 Afterschool team.
Afterschool Teaching Standards
Afterschool teachers maintain consistency between the Afterschool program and Waynflete’s Lower and Middle School programs, including “Responsive Classroom” teaching priniciples. Students are encouraged to develop and share a point of view, to be risk-takers in an environment that is emotionally and physically safe and nurtures individual expression. The Afterschool Standards inform our approach to human interactions and relationships, programming and activities, program environment, and safety, health and nutrition.
Responsive Classroom and Core Values
Each day, Afterschool students make the transition to out-of-school-time programs through a brief circle time or community meeting to establish the student-teacher connection and provide time for each student to be seen and heard. Daily jobs provide opportunities for students to practice responsibility. Each program creates a charter in which students decide on a few important rules to live by. Waynflete core values are the foundation for Afterschool decision-making and rules: 1) Take care of yourself, 2) Take care of others, 3) Take care of the environment.
Nutritious Daily Snacks
Daily snacks provided in Afterschool are wholesome and nutritious, high in vegetable, fruit, and natural grains content; and low in sugar content. Often, snacks are homemade on campus by the Afterschool teaching team. Afterschool accommodates most medical and allergy restrictions. Our staff is trained to maintain a high standard of allergy awareness and an environment that enables accommodation of various allergies.
The Waynflete Enrichment Department
The Waynflete Enrichment Department oversees the daily Afterschool program, weekly seasonal enrichment workshops, private music instruction, and the Waynflete summer programs. The Enrichment Office aims to provide age-appropriate enrichment opportunities for both Waynflete students and students from the broader community. Our programs intentionally place a focus on social and emotional learning within a safe, nurturing environment where students are encouraged to further develop their unique skills and talents beyond the classroom day. The Enrichment staff gets to know each child well and uses team-building to foster an inclusive community where every voice matters and students can share their unique contributions and points of view.
- Lower School: Sandpipers (EC–Grade 1)
- Lower School: Owls (Grades 2-5)
- Middle School: The Hive (Grades 6-8)
The Sandpiper Program extends the EC-Grade 1 curriculum with community building, visual, dramatic, and culinary arts, literacy development, and outdoor time in a free choice environment. Sandpipers run six Full Fun Days during scheduled school closures for parent conferences, teacher professional development, staggered start days at the beginning of the school year, and the K-1 Admissions visiting day.
The Owls program provides students the opportunity to explore new interests in drama, sports, technology and the arts while building friendships in a nurturing environment. The Owls run Full Fun Days during scheduled school closures for Parent Conferences and Teacher Professional Development.